Babies and Children 28

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Babies and Children – Day 28

Genesis 25:21

Isaac prayed to The Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.

The Thought

I am challenged by the last part of our verse today! How many of us, when unusual things happen to us, inquire of The Lord? Most of us turn to the internet or to friends, or maybe a respected older member of the family. Some of us just moan to ourselves and a few others, but continue life as usual, putting up with the discomfort or inconvenience.

For most Old Testament characters, we read that they turned to the Lord for solutions.

Jacob and Esau were the result of the prayer that Isaac had prayed. The babies jostled each other is what our verse says today. In fact these two babies jostled each other for much of their lives. They were totally different, just as the prophecy Rebekah had received, had promised. We read in the next verse: The Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger”.

Much of Old Testament history concerns the lives of Jacob and Esau and the generations that followed them. That family line continues through to their descendants all over the world today.


Think today about your reaction to things you don’t understand. Who do you go to for advice or help? A relative? A teacher? Your pastor? A friend? The internet?

Are there people in your family who don’t get on together? Pray for reconciliation remembering Jeremiah 32:27 – I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?

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